Breathing is the most natural thing we do, usually unconsciously. It starts the moment we enter this world, crying our lungs out. Probably the only time many of us think about breathing is when we’re having trouble doing so –when we are indulging in heavy exercise or when we find ourselves in a panic situation.
But perhaps, we should be a lot more conscious of the way we breathe daily.
That’s because when we don’t give our breathing enough focus, it defaults to its auto-pilot function. Yes, it’s enough to keep us alive, but it’s usually shallow and erratic and doesn’t allow us access to the vast array of healing benefits breathing can provide.
Think of it like putting fuel in a car – the basic version will allow it to run, but the enhanced version helps it run more smoothly and efficiently and will better protect all the components. Breathwork works in the same way – except the engine is your body.
Intentional breathing has been a vital part of the wellness journey of every fit person. The process of bringing consciousness to our breath and consciously regulating its rhythm and depth is known as intentional breathing, also known as conscious breathing. The benefits of concious breathing are numerous.
1. Consciously changing the way you breathe appears to send a signal to the brain to adjust the parasympathetic branch of the nervous system, which can slow heart rate and digestion and promote feelings of calm as well as the sympathetic system, which controls the release of stress hormones like cortisol.
2. It release endorphins from the brain to promote a sense of relaxation and calm (this can be very helpful when trying to fall asleep)
3. It relieve stress from the body to give us more energy.
4. It release muscle tension and decreases pain.
5. It help the heart balance its ability to respond to stressors.
6. It lowers blood pressure.
7. It improves immunity and decrease inflammation in the body.
8. It also plays a huge role in improving cognitive abilities.
Whatever your ailment, you could have the remedy right under your nose – literally!